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American English: /kəˈmɛnd/
British English: /kəˈmɛnd/

Translation of commend in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (praise)
    to commend somebody for something
    elogiar a alguien por algo
    highly commended
    Example sentences
    • Senior control operators are now looking at the possibility of officially commending Fiona for her efforts.
    • Restored Victorian buildings and innovative new designs have been officially commended in a town watchdog's annual awards.
    • Fire officers plan to officially commend Jonathan for his bravery.
    1.2 (recommend) the book has little/much to commend it
    el libro tiene pocos/muchos méritos
    to commend something to somebody
    recomendar(le) algo a alguien
    his work did not commend itself to the judges
    su obra no encontró aceptación entre el jurado
    Example sentences
    • Cynical consultants would expect the Department of Health to suggest such a move, but it is quite astonishing that the BMA should not just suggest but commend this to us and at standard rates of pay.
    • With those few remarks, I commend the revised Standing Orders and the committee's recommendation to this House.
    • It is not one that commended itself to the judge originally dealing with the paper application.
  • 2 [formal] 2.1 (entrust) See examples:to commend somebody/something to somebody
    encomendar(le) alguien/algo a alguien
    she commended her soul to God
    2.2 (in polite formulas) See examples:commend me to your family
    presente mis respetos a su familia [formal]
    Example sentences
    • And for this I commend them to their station commander.
    • My dear and well beloved father, I commend me to you, doing you to wit that I have but a little while to go and am like within a short time with the grace of God to be delivered of child.
    • When her Son saw her and his other friends weeping with a tearful voice he commended her to John.
    Example sentences
    • I commended my soul to God and said in a quaking voice, ‘Yes.’
    • And like untold hundreds of men and woman have done throughout the Conference's 57-year history, I closed my eyes, commended my soul to God, and accepted the invitation.
    • Mr. O'Neal thanked God for the life of the deceased and the service he rendered and commended his soul to God.

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